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Forresters Wine Bar

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High Street, Yarmouth PO40 0PL, England
+44 1983 761635
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Description: The winds of change have hit Forresters. We are now open as a Wine Bar...
The winds of change have hit Forresters. We are now open as a Wine Bar with several bar snacks available from a simple sandwich to salads and house specials, all at very reasonable prices. I have decided that 3 courses of fine dining isn't always the best evening out. Sometimes a prawn cocktail and a glass of wine in elegant surroundings fits the bill perfectly. So there will always be a good choice of food but no longer fine dining. Still the wonderful ambiance of Forresters Hall, always good service but now at a fraction of fine dining and pub prices. How about a cocktail to start off your evening? Or reserve our mezzanine floor for a small private party. Hire out the whole place for functions or family get togethers. Or just pop in for an alternative place for a drink. I am determined to keep both food and drink prices extremely sensible, eg bowl of chilli and a crusty baguette for £5 and spirit and a mixer for £3. Regular live music, not loud but pleasantly entertaining and enjoyable. Regular pianist on most Fridays. I hope that you will still keep us on your list of places to go and look forward to welcoming you to Forresters Wine Bar.
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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For a taste of the wine bar you have to try it this is the best wine bar ever The best taste and for that you will love it Knock your tastebuds try this fine wine bar

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
Victoria B
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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English first
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

For a taste of the wine bar you have to try it this is the best wine bar ever The best taste and for that you will love it Knock your tastebuds try this fine wine bar

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Wirral
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We must admit that we went to Forresters as a last resort, everywhere else was too busy, but what a surprise. The signage outside gives no idea as too just what a lovely place this is, change it folks, let your potential customers see the beautiful interior that awaits them. The lamb shank was simple but very well cooked, and... More 

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This used to be the best restaurant in Yarmouth, in my view. Unfortunately they no longer serve a full a la carte menu. It is now a wine bar with snacks and cocktails. However, it is still a nice ambiance run by the same welcoming people.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We used to go here when it was a restaurant and the food was good. Like the idea of the wine bar with less informal dining but the food lets it down. The owner is lovely and it is such a shame that this doesn't work for her. Went when there was live music which was very good. The pizza... More 

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Freshwater, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Forresters Wine Bar used to be 'fine dining' and built up a great reputation for quality and ambience created by Amanda. It was the place to eat, I have enjoyed a few gorgeous meals and evenings here. Amanda is now trying the wine bar side of things, we have attended the 'Open Mic' night which is held on the first... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Lovely place, staff are excellent! Lovely cocktails, very nice pizzas and the cheesy chips are fabulous! Would definitely recommend to anyone, planning on having my 18th birthday there as it is so nice. Definitely worth a visit! :)

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

What a shame .... No customers when we visited mid week .... Wine good ! Sad to say a modest pizza menu .

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

One of the best restaurants on the IoWight. Consistently provided great meals and atmosphere in this unique historic venue in recent years. We had our wedding reception here in April and it was their last time as a Restaurant before "morphing" into a Wine Bar. What a perfect evening we had. We'd like to wish Amanda and staff continued success... More 

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is one of the best meals we have had out. Lovely building, not too hot, background music not intrusive, tables not crammed together, relaxed friendly service.Be aware this is on the first floor - I didn't notice a lift. It was midweek, out of season, and we ate early so there were no other diners for most of the... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Went to the Forrester's after seeing rave reviews on this website. Their own website states open 7 days a week, went to book and it was closed and then turned up in the evening and still closed. Thankfully for us the Wheatsheaf Inn was open and did amazing food.

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AmandaVenters, Owner at Forresters Wine Bar, responded to this review

Apologies for taking sometime to respond to your review. Up until the last week or so, Forresters was indeed open from Tuesday evening to Saturday evening. The home page on my website did in fact say this, at the bottom the home page was a paragraph relating to my shop, Forresters Nammet, which is open 7 days a week. So... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: High Street, Yarmouth PO40 0PL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Yarmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 761635

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 31
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions

Description

The winds of change have hit Forresters. We are now open as a Wine Bar with several bar snacks available from a simple sandwich to salads and house specials, all at very reasonable prices. I have decided that 3 courses of fine dining isn't always the best evening out. Sometimes a prawn cocktail and a glass of wine in elegant surroundings fits the bill perfectly. So there will always be a good choice of food but no longer fine dining. Still the wonderful ambiance of Forresters Hall, always good service but now at a fraction of fine dining and pub prices. How about a cocktail to start off your evening? Or reserve our mezzanine floor for a small private party. Hire out the whole place for functions or family get togethers. Or just pop in for an alternative place for a drink. I am determined to keep both food and drink prices extremely sensible, eg bowl of chilli and a crusty baguette for £5 and spirit and a mixer for £3. Regular live music, not loud but pleasantly entertaining and enjoyable. Regular pianist on most Fridays. I hope that you will still keep us on your list of places to go and look forward to welcoming you to Forresters Wine Bar.

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